After faithfully serving at the Red Bluff Vineyard for three years, and meeting all of the biblical qualifications of leadership, we were pleased to ordain Niki Wolter! Niki and her family will be moving to Alturas, CA to plant a church this coming year! We're so proud of her!
In this sermon, pastor Luke shared some thoughts on why the Church must embrace new wine and new wine skins as it seeks to be relevant for the changing culture. While remaining faithful to the teachings of Scripture, how can the Church continue to share the message of Jesus and his kingdom?
The Stoll Fire caused a significant amount of loss for the city of Red Bluff. In order to process this event, pastor Luke spent some time talking about suffering and the work of the Spirit, pressing into Psalm 34:18. We also spent time praying together.
In Ephesians 2:13, we read that God brings near those who are far off... and the reality is that God does this through his church. In this sermon, pastor Luke explored how people generally connect into a community through the various "links" in a chain.
Last week we talked about God asking us to dream big because our best days are ahead of us. In the second sermon in our series, Vision Map, we looked at the development of the church in Ephesus as a model for us. After all, we have to realize that there are practical things we can do that actually empower us to both dream big and reach those dreams! If we want to be a church that continues to carry out our mission of knowing Jesus and making him known, we must continue to develop!
In the mid 1800's, a group of people known as "The Donner Party" made their way from the east toward California. Ignoring the wisdom of maps and experienced travellers, the group attempted to take a short cut and travel during the winter, leading to tragedy. Without a good map, we're liable to experience many of the same challenges! In this sermon, pastor Luke shared vision for the future of the Vineyard in 2018 and where the leadership senses the Lord leading!
For three days, pastor Luke spent time participating in the Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue at the Univeristy of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. In this sermon, Luke shares some thoughts on how the Vineyard can continue to both value and pursue Church unity with other denominations, while also maintaining a commitment to our theology, values, and distinctives.